2016 Charter School Application Cycle

2016 OPSB Charter School Request For Applications (RFA) Process

The 2016 OPSB Charter School RFA process is now closed; no new charter school applications are being accepted  by the district at this time.

Cover sheets and executive summaries for all submissions received in response to the 2016 OPSB Charter School RFA are available below.

The recommendation report provided by the district’s independent evaluation team, as well as district administration recommendations, will be posted to this website as soon as they are completed. The results of the independent evaluation are taken under advisement, but neither the recommendations of the evaluation teams nor those of district administration are binding on the School Board.

The School Board will host a Public Hearing regarding 2016 charter applications at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the OPSB Central Office, prior to its regularly-scheduled July Committee meetings.

Complete copies of all 2015 charter application materials will be available for public viewing at both the Hearing and the Board Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

For any questions or requests regarding the 2016 RFA process, please contact Mr. Sean Perkins, Executive Director of Portfolio Management, at sean_perkins@opsb.us.

The 1881 Research Institute:

Élan Academy Charter School:

JCFA – New Orleans:

Pathways in Education – New Orleans:

Citywide Authorizer Priorities

OPSB has adopted strategic priorities to guide its charter authorization efforts, based on an assessment of the district’s needs and future goals. These strategic priorities have been adopted by the Board and released to the public prior to the close of the application period. Alignment with the district’s strategic priorities will be considered as a primary factor for all applicants in the proposal evaluation process.

The 2016 Charter School Authorizer & Portfolio Strategic Priorities can be view here:  2016 OPSB Charter Authorizing & Portfolio Priorities

2016 Application Materials

Part 1: Notice of Intent & Eligibility Determination, can be located here: 2016 OPSB Charter RFA Part 1 NOI and Eligibility.

The Part 1 Information Session Presentation can be accessed here: RFA Info Session 1

Part 2: Application and Supplementary Materials, can be located here: 2016 OPSB Charter RFA Part 2

The Part 2 Information Session Presentation can be viewed here: 2016 RFA Part 2 Info Session

2016 OPSB RFA Process Timeline

RFA Release December 10, 2015—Part 1
January 6, 2016—Part 2
Information Session (same presentation at both locations) Eastbank: Thursday, January 7, 2016 5-6pm at OPEN (3321 Tulane Avenue- in 2nd Floor Conference Room)
Westbank: Thursday, January 14, 2016 5-6pm at OPSB (3520 General DeGaulle Drive in Conference Room 5105- 5th Floor)
Part 1: Eligibility Review Deadline Noon, January 20, 2016
Part 1: Notice of Intent & Eligibility Documentation Deadline Type 3: Noon, January 20, 2016 Type 1: Noon, January 29, 2016
Type 3 Conversion – Demonstrated Support Procedures January 20-29, 2016
Type 1 & 3 Final Eligibility Determinations February 2, 2016
Part 2 Information Session 3-4 p.m., February 11, 2016 at OPSB (3520 General DeGaulle Drive in Conference Room 5105- 5th Floor)
Part 2: Type 1 and Type 3 – Complete Applications due Noon, March 4, 2016
Final Completeness re-check March 11, 2016
Requests for Clarification presented to applicants April 1, 2016
Deadline for applicant responses to Request for Clarification Noon, April 11, 2016
Capacity Interviews (TENTATIVE) April 18-20, 2016
Evaluator Recommendations presented to applicants and OPSB staff May 2, 2016
Deadline for applicant response to evaluator recommendation 5 p.m., May 4, 2016
Public Hearing & OPSB Accountability Committee Meeting Thursday, May 12, 2016
Public Hearing: 11:30 a.m.
Accountability Committee: 1:00 p.m.
3520 General DeGaulle Drive
OPSB Board Business Meeting – Final Decisions May 17, 2016

Additional Resources for Applicants

Prospective applicants may also wish to review:

· The Louisiana Common Charter Application, which is available on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website, link here

· The additional resources page of this website, which provides links to outside resources that may assist in preparing your application, link here

For information on OPSB’s 2015 Charter School RFA process, click here.

For additional resources for prospective applicants, click here.


Public Disclosure All responses to the Charter School RFA submitted to OPSB are public records, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, LSA-R.S. 44:1 et seq.

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